Ex-racehorse Citadelle has won the first Thoroughbreds in Equestrian Sports (TiES) series competition in New Zealand.
Owned and ridden by Claudia Wilson of Christchurch, the 10-year-old gelding raced as Vintage Peak before being retrained for a sport horse career.
The TiES programme is a new initiative between Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) and NZ Thoroughbred Racing. The objectives of the scheme are to raise awareness of the huge potential thoroughbred horses have for a career in other equestrian sports after racing and thereby increase opportunities for these horses. Eligibility criteria for the series is that the horse must have been registered with NZTR, although they do not have to have raced.
Horses competing in the ESNZ registered sports of jumping, dressage, and eventing were eligible for points throughout the 2013/2014 season. Individual titles were on offer at each show with the national title going to the horse with the most points accumulated at the end of the season.
Finishing in fourth place at the NRM Taupo Three Day Event clinched the championship for Wilson and Citadelle, with Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding finishing second.
Citadelle – paddock name Billy – is by Centaine out of a Musical Phantasy mare called Shekanwyn. Trained by Lisa Latta, he had two wins and four placings. After his racing career finished, he was retrained by Alice Montgomery, and Stephen Montgomery competed him up to 1* level before selling him to Claudia Wilson last August.
Wilson was thrilled with her win. “We decided to have a go at the TiES series and finished second at the South Island Dressage Championships in January then second again at the McLeans Island one-day event in March before we ended up fourth at Taupo.”
Next season TiES will be run at eligible ESNZ events for Eventing, Dressage, Jumping and Show Hunter with the final event being the Horse of the Year show. The winners in each discipline will take home $500, and the national winner will received $2,500. All thoroughbreds will receive a TiES passport when registered with ESNZ.
More details about the series will be announced in August.